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Aussie archer Worth in Ashes battle
John Salvado
01:02 AEST Sat Jul 28 2012

Australian Olympic archer Taylor Worth has set up an Ashes battle with a difference at Lord's.

Worth shot a personal best score of 668 in the ranking round at the London Games on a day when legally-blind South Korean superstar Im Dong Hyun smashed his own world record.

Worth now advances to a knockout clash against Englishman Alan Wills on Wednesday at the traditional home of cricket.

"You couldn't ask for a better lineup for the first match," said the 21-year-old from Perth.

"We'll play for the Ashes and see how we go."

Fellow Australian Games rookie Elisa Barnard was 58th of 64 in the women's ranking round on Friday, pitching her into a tough match play encounter next week against Carina Christiansen from Denmark.

Worth's score was nine better than his previous PB, although he was disappointed to fall from ninth to 23rd after getting off to a fast start.

"I shot fantastically this morning," he said.

"The second round was still OK, still a good score, but not good enough."

Im, a two-time Olympic team gold medallist, shot 699, bettering his previous world record of 696 set earlier this year in Turkey.

Second-ranked Korean Kim Bubmin (698) also broke the existing world record as the Asian archery powerhouse's trio swept the top three spots and also registered the highest-ever team score.

"What they do is just phenomenal - the scores that they shoot and the way that they shoot is unbelievable," said Worth.

"That 699 is near perfect shooting."

Im has only 20/200 vision in his left eye and 20/100 in his right eye but has no trouble honing in on the bulls eye.

He has said that when he looks at the targets, he sees colours with blurred lines between them. He does not wear glasses in competition, saying he relies on being able to distinguish between the bright colours of the target.

Barnard shot 601 and said she was calmer than she expected to be.

"I just got out there and shot my arrows," said the 19-year-old from NSW.

"I had a few nerves this morning, but they calmed down and I just went out there with the plan to enjoy every arrow."

South Korean Ki Bo Bae topped the women's rankings with 671.

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